MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2013
Artist StatementMy artwork is inspired by the unpredictable complexities of everyday life. These particular complexities that I see are psychologically driven and emotionally charged. I try to capture the unusually beautiful moments in the world, and strive to transfer them into an aesthetic form that everyone can relate to. In essence, I invite the viewers to create their own interpretations from what I present through every painting instead of giving them obvious stories / contents about each work. My ultimate goal is to stimulate a unique intuition from each of the viewers, and allow them to reflect upon experiences in their own lives. The subjects of my paintings are mostly human figures arranged in various environments. I use fine marks, not necessarily for constructing shapes or describing the details of the image depicted, but to create a relationship within the different formal issues of the painting. I direct my brush marks to dissect the substance of the subject matter, so that they are distributed as particles of color and hue. These marks may be considered technical, but to me it is narrative calligraphy.
Jinchul Kim, an assistant professor of art at Salisbury University, has been a resident of Maryland since 1996. Kim was born in South Korea and came to the U.S. in 1989. He earned a BFA and MFA from King Se-Jong University in Seoul Korea concentrating on painting. In 1993, he received another MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, focusing on multi media and sound installation. He shows his work internationally, including locations like Korea, Japan, France, Spain and the U.S. He has had 17 solo exhibitions in New York, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Seoul and over 120 invitational shows and group exhibitions. He was selected as the Artist of the Year for 1986 by Art Journal magazine in Seoul, Korea. In 1995 he received “Phyllis H. Mason Grant” from Art Students League of New York in New York City. In 2002 he also won first place in an exhibition on the subject of self-portraits held at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, juried by Dr. Carolyn Carr, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. His one of recent solo exhibition was an invitational show at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C. 2002. Kim currently teaches painting and drawing classes at Salisbury University.